After last night’s loss, Mets manager Jerry Manuel offered up this quote (courtesy of Adam Rubin):
“We have to keep positive,” Manuel said. “I think there were a lot of good things that happened tonight for an early-in-the-season ballgame. We fought back. We had a few chances, too. We have yet to solve the issue of men in scoring position getting hits. I mean, we hit a line drive the last out. Other than that we haven’t solved that riddle yet. But there were a lot of good things that happened for us tonight.”
The typical blah-blah, earth-non-shattering rhetoric we normally hear from just about any MLB manager. Which is saying something for the loose-lipped Manuel these days.
And normally, you would expect Mets Official Mouthpiece David Wright to echo those sentiments, and provide similarly uncontroversial, throw-away quotes.
Instead, we got this:
“I don’t, and I don’t think anybody else in here, takes too much pride in the fact that we fought back,” Wright said. “It is what it is — and that’s another loss. We are going in there with the preparation. We’re going in there with the right attitude. We’re just not executing. That’s a problem in this league when you’re not going out there and doing what you’re supposed to do. It is still early, but it’s gotten to a point where we need to turn this thing around and really get going and get some momentum on our side. It’s good to see us fight back. It’s good to see go in with that kind of attitude. We need to start winning these close games if we’re going to accomplish what we set out to accomplish.”
Is the REAL David Wright starting to emerge from beneath the many layers of public image filtration? Could be. Could also be a sign of Wright finally taking over the vacant role of Mets leadership.
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